Orion tours

Teachers + Parents = Bright Orion Stars

Orion’s vision is to guide students to become global citizens who pursue life-long civic engagement and believe in a shared sense of humanity. We do this by emphasizing social emotional skill building, thematic learning, and parent involvement to develop and reflect our core values.

We support teachers and staff in creating a rich, flexible, and joyful learning environment. We encourage family participation in all workings of the school so that we can model the type of community engagement that is the foundation of global citizenship. Come meet us!

8:30-8:45 Welcome and introductions
8:45-9:05 Kindergarten classroom tours
9:10-9:30 Grades 1-5 classroom visits
9:30-10:00 Q and A session in ES2

To sign up for a school tour, please email tours@orionschool.org

Available dates are:

  • December 4th, 2019
  • December 11th, 2019
  • January 16th, 2020
  • January 21st, 2020
  • January 28th, 2020
  • February 4th, 2020
  • February 11th, 2020

Parents, please plan to attend school tours without your children.

Author Illustrator Fair

Join us for the 2019 Children’s Author-Illustrator Fair!
FREE and Open to the Community

Saturday, November 16, 2019
10:00am – 3:00pm
Orion Alternative School at John Gill Campus!
555 Ave Del Ora, Redwood City

Orion Alternative School invites you to the 2019 Author & Illustrator Fair, a family event featuring authors and illustrators of beloved children’s books for all ages. All members of the community are welcome!

Confirmed Authors & Illustrators:
* Oliver Chin
* Kate DePalma
* Cindy Derby
* Susan Gal
* Francisco Jiménez
* Elisa Kleven
* Tim McCanna
* Annemarie O’Brien
* Daria Peoples Riley
* Emma Bland Smith

Meet the authors & illustrators and get your book signed.
Attend a talk, writing, or art workshop with the authors & illustrators.
Enjoy: Food Trucks | Baked Desserts and Snacks | Kids Craft Activities

Plan ahead for birthdays and holidays — signed books make special gifts for the readers in your life!

Speaking Schedule (Subject to Change):
10:10 – 10:40am Annemarie O’Brien (Writing Workshop)
10:45 – 11:15am Kate DePalma
11:20 – 11:50am Oliver Chin
11:55-12:25 Daria Peoples-Riley
12:25 – 12:55pm Tim McCanna
1:00 – 1:30pm Emma Bland Smith
1:30 – 2:00pm Francisco Jiménez
1:30 – 2:00pm Elisa Kleven (Art Workshop, registration required)
2:05 – 2:35pm Susan Gal
2:30 – 3:00pm Cindy Derby

Author/Illustrator Fair book sale proceeds benefit Starship Orion, the Parent Teacher Organization for Orion Alternative and Mandarin Immersion in Redwood City, CA. Starship funds programs such as PE, field trips, Art in Action, theater, instructional aids and more. Starship Orion is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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It’s time to order Yearbooks!

Order your 2018-2019 Orion yearbook.
Order deadline is April 12th!

  • Customize TWO FREE pages!
    • Add photos from your phone, computer, Facebook, Instagram, Google Drive, and more…
    • Two FREE custom pages are only printed in your yearbook. Want more custom pages? Each additional two pages is just $0.99.
  • Or order a yearbook without customized pages
  • Order deadline is April 12, 2019
  • Regular Price: $16.00
  • You can also purchase by calling: (877) 755-8733

Your yearbook team is currently putting together the yearbook, and we NEED photos to make this a great yearbook. If you have photos of the following, please email as soon as you can so they can make it into the yearbook:
Life at Orion (classroom activities, after school, recess, gardening, P.E., cooking, etc.); 1st day of school, ice cream social, Orion family campout, Halloween, performances (1st & 3rd grade dance, winter assembly, Variety Show), spirit days, Legarza afterschool sports/other sports, Principal Julie pics, Teacher Nina pics, outdoor ed, Author Illustrator Fair, last year’s multicultural.

Email: yearbook@orionschool.org

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Starship Meeting Resources

Did you know… every current parent/guardian, teacher, and employee of Orion is automatically a voting member of Starship? Following are agendas for our monthly meetings. Please join us at a meeting to take part in community decisions.

Starship Meeting Schedule 2018-19

Starship Meeting Invitation/ Invitación a la reunión de Starship

Hi Orion Families! Please mark your calendar for the next Starship PTO meeting… shifting it to Wednesday, 12/19 at 6:30pm. Please note that all Orion families are automatically members of our PTO, so everyone is encouraged to attend every meeting. The venue will be Main & Elm. We will be providing appetizers and having a bit of a social gathering once we take care of business. (Please note: this event is for adults only.) Hope to see you there! Please RSVP here

What: Starship PTO Meeting
Where: Main & Elm, 150 Elm St., Redwood City
When: Wednesday, December 19th at 6:30 PM
RSVP: http://evite.me/Qxd1ZZPFk1 adults only

Hola Familias de Orion! Por favor marquen sus calendarios para asistir a nuestra próxima reunión de Starship…Se cambió para el Miércoles 19 de Diciembre a las 6:30pm. Recuerden que todas las familias de Orion son miembros de nuestra Junta de Padres (PTO), entonces todos estan invitados a asistir a cada junta. También les cuenta para sus horas de voluntariado. Esta vez va a ser en el reaturant Main & Elm. Nosotros vamos a proveer unos bocadillos y socializar un poco después de terminar con los asuntos a tratar. (Por favor tome nota, este evento es solo para adultos). Esperamos verlos a todos ahí! Por favor RSVP aqui.

Qué: Reunión de Starship Junta de Padres
Lugar: Main & Elm, 150 Elm St., Redwood City
Fecha y hora: Miércoles 19 de Diciembre a las 6:30pm
RSVP: http://evite.me/Qxd1ZZPFk1Sólo para adultos